Move your default Windows 10 data folders to a different drive

When you add a new user account, during initial setup or even sometime afterward, Windows 10 creates a user profile folder in C:\Users, with your username (or the variation you have set) as the name of the profile folder.

It then fills the new profile with default data folders such as Documents, Pictures, Music and Videos. For most Windows 10 users, this is a perfectly acceptable set up.

However, in some circumstances it makes perfect sense to move one or more of these subfolders to a new location.

If you have a desktop computer with a small solid-state drive as the system C: drive and a much larger data drive for storage, you can stop a large digital media collection from overwhelming your C: drive by moving the Pictures and Music folders to your separate data drive, probably your D: drive. If you do not have a separate data drive they are fairly cheap to buy and are easy to install into a desktop PC.

To move a folder, open C:\Users, double-click your user profile folder, and then right-click any of the default subfolders and select Properties. On the Location tab, click Move, and then select the new location for that folder. (If you enter a path that doesn’t exist, Windows will offer to create it for you, as long as you have a spare D: drive or some other external drive.)

Just repeat this simple process for any other folders you might want to move to your separate data drive.

Note: Only move the folders in your Users folder. Never move your entire user profile to another drive!